My girl friends and I recently took a weekend road trip to Seattle. We were prepared to eat and shop and the gloomy weather wasn’t going to stop us! First on our list was Pike Place Market. The last time I was there was a few years ago and I didn’t end up trying any of the food because I had ate lunch first before going. Yeah I wasn’t an informed foodie back then… This time I was prepared though. What I didn’t know was that there would be hour long line ups.
Our first stop was Beecher’s Cheese. This was the shortest line we were in and it only took about 5-10 mins. We shared their World’s Best Mac and Cheese which was made with their Flagship and Just Jack cheese served with penne. There’s also a separate line to get free cheese samples! I can’t resist free samples. With that being said, obviously Costco is my favourite grocery store.
The cheese sauce was much thicker than I expected. It was very rich and flavourful and adhered well to the pasta. This was the 8oz size and they also have a 16 oz size.
Being the clumsy person that I am, I actually dropped the first piece on myself and it was a mess to clean up. It was a long trail of cheese sauce on my jacket and purse… Oops!
Then we split up into 2 groups and one group went to line up for Pike Place Chowder and the other went to line up for Piroshky Piroshky, a Russian bakery. We lined up about 40 mins for Piroshky Piroshky and ordered 3 items to share: The smoked salmon pate bun, the coffee cinnamon bun and the cinnamon cardamom braid.
The smoked salmon pate bun was our favourite! The bun is shaped like a long fish with a tail and it was still warm when we ate it. It was an amazing savoury combination and we should’ve ordered 3! It was also the most expensive item at $6.85 but totally worth it. The cinnamon cardamom braid was my second favourite and extremely sticky. It embodied all the flavours of a cinnamon bun but in a soft braided shape. The coffee cinnamon bun lacked coffee flavour and was also not warm so it felt a bit hard in comparison to the other two. It also didn’t have as much cinnamon flavour as the braid.
Sorry I didn’t end up with photos of Pike Place Chowder as my phone wasn’t cooperating but we ordered a sample for $13.95 and you can choose any 4 chowders. We had the Seafood Bisque, New England Clam Chowder, Crab and Oyster Chowder and the Smoked Salmon Chowder. I don’t eat a lot of clam chowder because I’ve always thought they were really thick and heavy. Or maybe because I usually get the canned Chunky kind… Anyway all the chowders were so good!!! I couldn’t decide which one I liked best. The smoked salmon chowder and seafood bisque were tomato based and all the broths were creamy and didn’t feel that heavy! I’ve never felt this way about clam chowder before. No wonder there’s an hour long line up! Now I have to try more clam chowder.
My friends also took me to this stall inside the Pike Place market called Chukar Cherries. They sell chocolate covered dried fruits and nuts and they are also very generous in giving out free samples. I tried a couple of flavours and the raspberry one was really good. If you buy in doubles or buy a couple bags with friends they give small volume discounts.
Lastly I tried the Cheesecake Factory for the first time! We tried to get a table at 9pm but it was still super busy. The Cheesecake Factory is just a few blocks away from the Pike Place Market. We decided to get the Key Lime Cheesecake and the Tiramisu Cheesecake to go and ate dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings instead. The cheesecakes were incredibly creamy and much lighter and creamier than I expected. It was so easy to eat that even though I was full, I could still eat a lot. Haha this is why I’m fat… It was a very indulgent treat and I couldn’t stop eating it. They show how many calories each slice is and it was about 1200-1400 calories per slice. I’ll have to come back to try the actual food next time.
Also the wings at Buffalo Wild Wings were way bigger than we expected so we ended up with too many. I was comparing them to Wings on Granville and they were definitely a lot bigger and meatier! What are they feeding their chickens?!
If you’re planning on visiting the Pike Place Market for food, be prepared to spend at least 2-3 hours there due to all the line ups!